Are they ALL roosters??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by iamcuriositycat, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    K. This is only my fourth or fifth time raising chicks. I usually raise quail and ducks, so I'm kinda a newb with the chicken thing. All my previous batches of chickens, except one, were hatched & raised right here, and I always had more-or-less half-and-half hens and roosters. This time, I bought chicks and they were supposedly mostly sexed hens (with some unsexed barred rocks).

    But here's the thing. They are all play-fighting the way only the roosters in my previous batches did--as though they are ALL roosters.

    Do hens ever play-fight, you know, the head-raised, face-off that roosters do as juveniles? Or do I have a bum batch? Argh. I'm going to be SO ticked off. I asked him if he sexes chickens before sale--I was perfectly willing to purchase straight run but I did NOT want to purchase out of a bin where all the hens had been cherry picked. He said of those he could sex, all he had were hens. The others were straight run. What are the odds SIX chickens under these circumstances are roosters? Was I lied to?

    Or is it just that hens will play-fight too? Am I jumping the gun in assuming they're all roosters?

    By the way, they range in age... from I guess six weeks or so down to four weeks... or so. I don't really know. The youngest was ten days when I got them, the oldest was probably three weeks... I've had them about three weeks... There is a RIR, a buff orp, two barred rocks, and two easter eggers. Supposedly all but the rocks were sexed.

    Thoughts? Thanks!
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Chicks run and bump, it's just what they do. This is no indication of sex at all. They're pullets and cockerels until they're a year old, when they are then called roosters and hens. Just sayin'.

    Enjoy them. Pretty unlikely they're all males.
  3. ManuelsChickens

    ManuelsChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2012
    Joliet, IL
    All of the chickens I've raised/raising always loved to play fight. I had a six chicks before and they all play fought two of them were hens and 4 were roosters. But I've raised a hen that loved being the boss she would have first dibs on everything! Sometimes my rooster was even scared of him. lol But there is a low chance of all of them being males.
  4. LovePolish2

    LovePolish2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2012
    What they said! :)
  5. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Cool!! Thanks guys. :) I'll just wait for crows and eggs, then, or obvious body changes. I really appreciate the reassurance!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by